Giorgio Nava has been holding sway here for many years: urbane and a talented chef to boot – a formidable combination. This popular place continues to attract aficionados who know a good thing when they see it. Try the beef tartare, one of the best in town, hand chopped (is there any other way?) anointed with the finest olive oil from Morgenster and the rest of the essentials, a triumph. Then there are the carpaccios, as thin as the finest lace, you can see right through them, beef drizzled with mayonnaise, or one with fresh tomato and rocket, or palm hearts and parmesan cheese. The carpaccio of fresh Norwegian salmon is a sublime alternative. Try the seared carpaccios for something different. Pasta fatta in casa includes fabulous ravioli stuffed with butternut or spinach topped with sage butter and parmesan and gnocchi with a rich gorgonzola sauce with chopped walnuts. Much of the meat are from Giorgio’s own farms and come in many different forms with great sauces. The osso buco served with polenta is worth leaving home for. Desserts of tiramisu and baba au rhum make for a satisfying conclusion to a delightful course.
They boast an excellent wine list featuring many Cape treasures and a good Italian selection. Top French champagnes like Krug are also available, though not cheaply.
Smooth and pleasant with Giorgio often there himself taking orders.
Coolly comfortable with plenty of light wood furnishings, relaxed in the sophisticated Italian manner. On the top floor a tree grows charmingly in the centre of the room. Cosy and warm in winter, especially in the small spaces downstairs, just the place for an intimate meal with someone special.
Parking can be a bind so go into Queen Victoria Street where there is a parking lot behind the building.
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On any given evening, you’ll be hard pressed to find and open table upstairs (or a parking spot in the road) at this ever popular restaurant. The menu has remained the same for years, and if there is a downfall, this is probably it. Regulars will disagree, being loyal to the well-loved array of carpaccio, particularly the signature Il Carpaccio “95” with rocket and shavings of Parmesan cheese; there’s a seared line fish too, prepared in a similar fashion. The small plate of award-winning pasta (it won at the World Pasta Championship competition in 2013) consisting of cavatelli, broccoli cream, anchovies and oregano flowers, if available, is a must. It shows an elegant simplicity and embodies Nava’s yearning for classic, uncomplicated Italian fare. The sliced prime rib with garlic and olive oil is a very good choice, and the same goes for the ossobuco (one of the best in the city) and the veal cutlet with butter and sage. The crayfish pasta is a little disappointing for the price. If tiramisu is your flavour, 95 Keerom does a feather-light, dreamy version to end the meal on a sweet note.
They offer an extensive wine list with excellent Italian wines by the glass. It’s a good way to try those varietals that aren’t too easy to find in South Africa.
From the welcome at the front door, and valet parking (if you’re lucky enough to have nabbed a spot), through to seating, the service is slick. It can be a little hard to flag staff down once the restaurant fills up.
Swish and elegant, the restaurant is accustomed to a moneyed crowd. The restaurant remains stylish with its clean lines, distinctly Milanese aesthetic of Milan-born chef Giorgio Nava, and soft ambient lighting. The tree that emerges through the floor upstairs pays homage, in a way, to the storied history of the space, once part of the stables and lodging of the Company Garden’s slaves. Segments of original brickwork and facades have been carefully preserved. Here you’ll find advocates and lawyers from the neighbouring chambers concluding business over expertly made meals, but also courting couples and small groups enjoying celebrations. This is the ideal setting for a romantic night out.
Opt for the rich, buttery polenta with Parmesan to accompany your mains. But do share!
Authentic, really well-made Italian food is the name of the game here. From the interesting range of carpaccios and tartares available as starters, through to the various pastas and expertly presented mains, it’s really hard to make a wrong order decision at this restaurant. Start by enjoying the fresh flavours of a beef tartare with rocket and parmesan shavings, or perhaps the fish tartare of tuna and salmon served with creamy avocado – delicious. Fans (and there are many) rave about the very tasty butternut ravioli with sage butter; and the gnocchi with gorgonzola manages to be rich and creamy but still perfectly light – perhaps the best gnocchi in town. As for the meatier fare, the lamb chops are a hit, but the same goes for almost all of the meaty dishes – the fillet with olive oil and rosemary is sliced and grilled to perfection, and goes wonderfully with a choice of bean salad. Seafood also gets the star treatment here: a beautifully seared serving of Norwegian salmon simply melts in the mouth. Desserts include semifreddo, gelato and the now famous chocolate fondant, which just never gets old.
A nice if expensive selection. You can order a few MCCs by the glass and the list also features an Italian section, which adds an authentic touch.
Friendly and gracious reception upon arrival and departure; however, the rest of the experience can seem a touch distracted at times. It can be hard to catch a waiter’s eye. Some thoughtful attention here would not go amiss.
This remains one of the most stylish restaurants in town, with clean lines, pale wood, an enormous glass front facing the city and that old, famed olive tree now in its senior years. The atmosphere is relaxed and cosmopolitan, with several overseas languages drifting through the air. A touch of background music won’t go amiss, though – if you get there early in the evening there’s only the hum of the air con and the bar fridge to keep you company …
The small downstairs bar should not be overlooked: it’s a lovely spot to enjoy an excellent martini before heading upstairs for dinner.
Bernadette Le RouxThe atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a business meeting at lunchtime; it can be stark otherwise during the day. Recommended for a romantic meal or meal with friends, dinner is best. It’s elegant and atmospheric at night. Food is authentic and truly exceptional. You can't go wrong with the pasta dishes, which are all handmade on the premises. I have been eating at 95 Keerom since they opened some years back now. It has to be one of the most consistent restaurants around and has become a true Cape Town establishment. I recommend the butternut ravioli with burnt butter and sage and all of the carpaccio starters. (July 2013)
Jeanne CalitzI love the food at this consistently excellent restaurant. Every year my husband asks where I want to go for my birthday supper, and every year I say, “Please take me to 95 Keerom.” The food is wonderful and not overly fussy, which I love. The location – that olive tree, all that glass and warm wood finishes – is so stylish. And the staff treat you like a rock star. Recommended for a romantic date. Best dishes? How much time do you have? The hunk of burrata mozzarella in the caprese salad is so fresh and creamy, it nearly brings me to tears. My husband is equally infatuated with the beef carpaccio with fresh tomato and rocket. The gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts will change forever your perception of gnocchi. And the desserts? Well just let me say, my kingdom for that chocolate soufflé! (July 2013)
Anelde GreeffChef and owner Giorgio Nava is a genius. This is definitely one of the highlights on the Cape Town dining scene. An institution, 95 Keerom is one of those places that I keep going back to. Recommended for a romantic date and the chocolate fondant. (July 2013)
Sam Woulidge95 Keerom gets it consistently right. Authentic Italian food in sophisticated surroundings. Recommended for a romantic date, the butternut and ricotta ravioli, carpaccio and the molten chocolate dessert. (July 2013)
Poor food - pork tasted like game! Complained at restaurant, no reply to written complaint and when manager contacted he was abusive, shouting down the phone - a scandalous reaction.
Great food; pleasant ambience; awesome winelist. Not good service. Staff are not attentive, and all look rather sullen. It's a shame.
Had a tasty meal but felt annoyed that we had to order 2 courses, which isn't clear on the website.
Great food and atmosphere, but the highlight was our waiter Khanyisa. He was personable, warm, and knowledgeable. Great service!
We had an excellent evening at 95. Attentive service and excellent food in a charming setting.
I travel all over the world and am a fan of Italian food, 95 Keerom so far is the best. Fresh traditional dishes, prepared at their best. Very attentive service. Stylish interior and an incredible wine list of Italian and local wines. Highly recommended.
Incredible evening spent at this restuarant, delicious food - the line fish is to die for! Attentive service and a very large selection of wines to choose from. Highly recommended.
Very disappointed, considering the reviews we read prior to booking this for a special occasion. Wine list was average. Waiter was increasingly inattentive as the evening progressed. Dessert was terrible. Carpaccio was good though. Food presentation below par. Would not recommend for a special occasion.
Distinctly average and disappointing - with condescending wait service.
I had a great experience, even for Valentine's Day, when I expected rushed service. No tacky Valentine's set menus, just the usual excellent food, carpaccio, spinach ravioli, beef tagliata and the double chocolate fondant. Brisk service and Giorgio's customary table visit to recite the specials made it a great night out.
My family and I went for dinner at 95 Keerom last weekend. It will be our last time as well. The service (our waiter) was a disgrace. Rattling off the specials, mumbling things by the orders of the ladies ( 2 starters ).
The ladies' pasta was almost left untouched (way too oily). Finally, but not least when paying the bill, the waiter "demanded" 10% tip. He tapped on my wife's shoulder and said you did not tip me enough. If it is compulsory this should be mensioned in the menu at least. By the way we tipped 8,5 % ( for 4 people).
Anyway, a very sad experience.
Well, I always read about Keerom and when a bunch of friends decided to go to Cape town, we decided to try it out. I must say, I expected great food and got better than great, it was excellent! The carpaccio was melt in the mouth and though all of us had different mains, we were all very happy. Service was excellent, food was gastronomic, wine was great, thus six very happy people!
For a fine dining experience, this was my worst one so far. We were seated, then had to listen to the manageress argue with staff members about time keeping for approximately 15 minutes. Then a still surly waiter came to take our order and was rather disinterested in us for the remainder of the meal. The beef carpaccio and ravioli was just nice, the line fish carpaccio and lamb chops were lucklustre and the ambience...well there was none. No music, no candles, it was as quiet as a tomb when we got there and the funeral feel did not end there. Did not stay for dessert. Obviously.
The best Italian restaurant in South Africa! I never fail to go there when I am in Cape Town and the 10 times I have been there, the food and atmosphere never fails to exceed expectations. Highly recommended for a special evening!
Amazing! The food is just gorgeous and amazing! One of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town!